John Blau

Blau is a reporter for the IDG News Service.

Details emerge of new Palm smart phone

Details of Palm Inc.'s new smart phone are emerging ahead of the product's launch on Wednesday.

Vodafone's new handset lineup to include iPhone rival

Vodafone Group plans to launch several phones for holiday shoppers in Europe, including a high-end, touch-screen rival to Apple's iPhone.

Microsoft, Siemens VDO team on car navigation, entertainment

Microsoft's in-car technology is getting a boost via a deal with a large supplier of automotive electronics. Germany's Siemens VDO Automotive AG has agreed to collaborate with it on a next-generation communication and entertainment...

Debate rages over German government spyware plan

When it comes to who can and who can't be a hacker, the German government appears to want its cake and eat it, too.

German looks to protect IT systems with security plan

The German government has agreed to implement a sweeping set of security measures aimed at protecting critical IT infrastructure in the country.

Oracle buys Bridgestream for employee role mapping

Oracle has acquired Bridgestream Inc., a maker of software that helps companies map employee responsibilities, Oracle said Wednesday.

IFA: Philips plans rival to TiVo personal video recorder

Dutch consumer electronics manufacturer Koninklijke Philips Electronics is developing a personalized video recorder application that learns users' viewing tastes, and that could compete with TiVo.

IFA - HD DVD vendors drop prices

Vendors supporting HD DVD are cutting prices to boost their products, which are vying with Blu-ray disc technology to replace current DVD movie discs.

IFA - Hitachi brings Blu-ray Disc camcorder to Europe

Hitachi Ltd. will launch its digital video camcorder based on Blu-ray Disc in Europe in October, the company announced Friday at the IFA international consumer electronics show in Berlin.

IFA - Acer, China Huala Group join Blu-ray Disc camp

Supporters of the Blu-ray Disc format came to Berlin armed with key announcements to underscore their commitment to the next-generation movie disc.

IFA - Deutsche Telekom offers IPTV specials

Deutsche Telekom AG is lowering prices and giving away live soccer coverage to a limited number of first-come, first-serve customers to generate demand for its new Internet TV service, executives said Wednesday in Berlin.

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